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Ali Ahn, Elisabeth Moss, and Elise Kibler in ‘The Heidi Chronicles’

Wendy Wasserstein’s 1989 play barely passes the Bechdel Test. Men act; Heidi reacts. What Lean-In feminist has time for that?

Juliette Binoche as Maria, Kristen Stewart as Valentine in Clouds of Sils Maria

Clouds of Sils Maria is prolonged debate about the passage of time and the ceaseless rivalry of generations.

Darryl Pinckney.

“There is no such thing as not voting” is the faith that Darryl Pinckney grew up in.

Halal in the Family

The Daily Show’s Aasif Mandvi hopes his mock sitcom will make us laugh our way to becoming Halal in the Family.

Philip Glass, New York, in the early 1970s

Warm and unaffected, Philip Glass’s memoir is nothing like his music.

Nell Zink

In Nell Zink’s The Wallcreeper, biology fails to determine anything at all.

Judith Malina and Julian Beck

The founder of the Living Theater was absolute about her principles as a pacifist anarchist, yet never dismissive or judgmental toward those who didn’t share them.

Lucious and Snoop from the season finale of Empire

The music of Empire is the theology of capitalism.

Blogs

The Nation's critic in 1931 said the museum would abet the snobbery that believes "American painting is a second-rate affair."

April 27, 2015

This week's Altercation includes reviews of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra's tributes to music icons and the darkly comedic Broadway hit Hand To God.

April 23, 2015

The best live shows, audiobooks and Eric's funeral playlist: it's all inside today's Altercation.

April 14, 2015

The best response to the new Daily Show host’s sexism would be to put more women in the writers’ room.

March 31, 2015

Eric responds to his critics and reviews the best shows of the week in today's Altercation.

March 25, 2015

"Everybody thought everybody was fooling everybody. And both of us were probably right to a certain extent, everybody was fooling each of us."

March 19, 2015

The best TV shows, albums and concerts: it's all inside today's Altercation.

March 12, 2015

A win for the Edward Snowden documentary is a win for democracy.

February 23, 2015

For people who truly care about this issue, there's more to do than glory in Ms. Arquette's acceptance speech.

February 23, 2015

The ’60s crooner was a pioneer for women’s and LGBT rights in the entertainment industry and for social justice everywhere.

February 19, 2015